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Virgin Oak Question

Posted by Heidi , Mar 05,2005,03:00       Forum

I'm in Atlanta Georgia. Our house is halfway up a hill - and all around the house and into the hill that continues up into a park are huge oak trees. I am worried because they are gigantic. When we moved in, they were covered with poison oak, which I cut and bagged except for what couldn't be pulled off. The remaining dead vines have been on the trees for about 2 years, gradually falling down. The first year, I raked off the leaves, but we had erosion and this year I just left them. Issues with the trees:
1) Black pulpy fungus of some sort appears on the upper branches and on many of the dead limbs that fall down.
2) Light hard-crusted balls fall down occasionally from them - hollow - maybe some sort of insect formation?
3) Some of the trees have empty spaces near the bottom of the tree - I don't know whether to fill them in with dirt or let them alone.
4) Two of the trees are clearly dead and have already lost their bark and tops.

I live in terror that one of these huge trees will fall on the house. My husband says that it would be cheaper to sell the house than have to cut down the trees. Can these trees be saved?

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